Recreation & Fitness
The Department of Recreational Sports at the University of Florida provides an opportunity for every student to participate in an athletic or recreational activity on a voluntary basis. All students are encouraged to participate in recreation activities. More than 90 percent of UF students take advantage of our outdoor and indoor recreation facilities. Through participation, it is hoped that each individual will develop an appreciation of the worthy use of leisure time and a wholesome attitude toward physical activity both while in college and in the future years. Recreational opportunities include aquatics, physical fitness, outdoor activities (i.e. canoeing, wakeboarding, disc golf) at Lake Wauburg, Intramural sports, and sports clubs.
Group fitness classes are offered for a variety of activities and fitness levels. Fitness courses include strength and cardio training, dance, and mind and body. Note: classes are free and so it is strongly encouraged to arrive ~30 minutes early, as spaces are limited.
Reitz Union Student Union
The J. Wayne Reitz Union is the community center of UF. It serves the non-academic needs of students while providing a facility for many activities and services for the entire UF community. The six-story building is located just north of Museum Road and is within walking distance from most class buildings. Many of the organizations meet at the union and will often advertise for their events. The Reitz Union now includes the Welcome Center, UF Bookstore and ID Card Services.
Facilities within the Reitz include:
- Basement: Arts & Crafts Center
- Ground floor: Game room with bowling lanes, billiards and arcade games, Wachovia, the Outfitter for camping equipment rentals and sales, Union Station hairstyling, Subway, Freshens Yogurt, Taco Bell, and the Orange and Brew restaurant.
- First floor: Career Resource Center, Food Court, information desk, lost and found, Starbucks, University Box Office.
- Second floor: Reitz Union Cinema, Auditorium, the art gallery, conference rooms and the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.
- Third floor: Student Government offices, Student Activities Center, Computer and Printing Lab, Student Legal Services.
- Fourth floor: the Arredondo Room offers buffet-style lunches.
- Fifth floor: the Reitz Union Hotel.
GatorNights! is the leading late night program in the Southeast and takes place every Friday night in the J. Wayne Reitz Union from 6:00pm-2:00am during the Fall, Spring, and Summer B semesters. The program offers FREE first run movies, bands, comedians, improv shows, arts and crafts, novelties, interactive games, cultural events, interactive lectures, dances, DJ's, artists, video game tournaments, popcorn and soda, and most importantly FREE midnight breakfast! The game room is also open for UF students and their guests AND the Southwest Recreation Center stays open until 2am!
Reitz Union Leisure Courses
The Reitz Union Leisure Courses are another opportunity for UF students to learn new skills or to pursue an interest. They are also another opportunity for you to meet more people. Leisure course are available to students for a minimal fee.
The Reitz Union Leisure Course Program offers a wide range of workshops and non-credit classes in subjects such as website design, home bartending, dance, arts, and photography. Most leisure courses meet for several sessions once or twice a week. Registration is held during the first week of UF classes. Leisure courses are also offered during summer terms.
Center for Leadership Services
The Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) provides the structure and resources to prepare students to become productive citizens and assume roles of leadership and service in a culturally diverse and increasingly complex society. The Center for Leadership and Service mission is to engage students and cultivate opportunities for personal and academic achievement to prepare students to become leaders in the service of the global community.
The Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative (CMC) is a network of religious organizations and centers located near the University of Florida campus, dedicated to meeting the personal, religious, and social needs of university students, faculty, and staff. Each member Campus Ministry center is committed to providing opportunities for worship, counseling, and personal and spiritual growth; engaging students in conversation about key ethical and social issues. Each adheres to the principles of its own denomination or tradition.
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